Tuition and Financing

Your pursuit of higher education is one of the most important investments you’ll make. And once you’ve decided to take your future to the next level, the first step in financing your education starts with exploring personal and family resources for funding your dreams. After you’ve identified your personal resources, the next step is to investigate financial aid opportunities, as well as other financial assistance programs that can supplement your financing.

Programs at California Flight Academy are broken up into 4 Phases as highlighted below:

Tuition Rates for the Pilot Program
FAA Commercial Pilot Program – 192 hours* Hours Fees
Phase I Private Pilot License 55 hrs $18,780
Phase II Instrument Rating 55 hrs $18,200
Phase III Pre Commercial 55 hrs $13,625
Phase IV Commercial Pilot 27 hrs $13,180
Total program fees 192 hrs $63,785
Additional Courses, Services and Fees
Additional Courses & Services Fees
Medical Fee $175
Aircraft Deductible Fee $255
Headset $250
CFA Uniform (Pilot shirt with epaulets, pants and shoes) $150
Course Materials $1,005
FAA Written Exam Fees x 3 $525
FAA Checkride Examiner Fees x 3 $2,700
Total additonal fees $5,060
Additional Courses, Services and Fees
Visa Fee (non-US residents) Fee
I-20 Fee, Sevis Fee, Fingerprints** $1,340
Tutition Grand Totals
Grand Totals
Total U.S. Residents $68,845
Total International $70,185

*Prices are subject to changes.

**Additional expenses applicable to international students requiring a M-1 Visa.

The total cost and flight hours vary depending on many factors, and actual cost will vary upon individual student ability, dedication, aptitude, performance, and self-discipline.

Please note that the estimates on the table above are based on a specific number of hours approved by the FAA, and that pilot-students in many cases will need more hours in order to achieve the level of proficiency required to by FAA to become a safe and competent professional pilot.

Consider the following: the minimum hours required by the FAA are 35 or 40 depending on the type of training. CFA’s program is designed for a student to earn the FAA Private Pilot certificate in 55 hours. However, in general, a student pilot may need between 55 and 75 hours to earn a FAA PPL certificate. At CFA, we strongly believe that a student that studies hard, has the right academic mindset, and commits to a rigorous flight training routine, will be able to achieve his or her PPL goals in less than 75 hours.

A student pilot uniform is required for your training and once you arrive here we will give you information on where to purchase them at a local Pilot store.

From time to time, all pricing is subject to adjustments due to cost increases. Typically, price increases will be effective on January 1 for the coming year. Though not currently anticipated, all students will receive at least 90 days’ notice of any other increases.